President's Note

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Doesn't get much better than racing thru the aspen trees in Colorado!

It is saddening to hear of the struggles faced by those living in areas ravaged by ferocious storms of the like never experienced before and to learn of the terrible loss of life caused by a deranged gunman in Las Vegas earlier this week. While we are living in very challenging times, the stories coming from NICA's fall leagues are inspiring and fill my heart with thanks for the approximately 6,000 licensed coaches and league staff and volunteers who are helping more teens than have ever before participated in NICA programs experience the power of the bicycle to build community and strong mental and physical health.

I am happy to report that with the addition of Maryland and West Virginia to the NICA family, we are advancing towards our goal of providing every American teenager the opportunity to build strong body, mind and character thru participation on a school based cycling team. These two new state leagues will provide opportunities for many underserved communities and help solidify our presence along the eastern seaboard.

Meanwhile, the images and stories coming from the twelve NICA Fall season leagues tell a powerful story of how cycling can unite communities who work together. Whether I am in Colorado seeing the smiles on race course marshals amongst the aspen trees or hearing stories from Wisconsin League student-athletes and parents at the World Cup Cyclocross race held at Trek in Waterloo, Wisconsin, or catching-up with NICA league alumni who now work in the bike industry at Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada, I am hearing a similar story. Adults routinely state "I wish I had NICA when I was in school" while many current students express their joy of spending time outside with other teens amongst caring mentors. Cycling unites us all and NICA is developing a strong community that believes in inclusivity and equal treatment of all who participate. Let's keep the effort growing!

Thanks for your time, involvement and support!

In gratitude, Austin McInerny


What's New Across America?

It’s That Time of Year Again!

It s that time of year again

School’s back in session, and while NICA student-athletes are finding themselves back in the classroom - they’re also finding themselves back in the saddle alongside their teammates and coaches. We are excited to welcome West Virginia & Maryland into our growing NICA family and encourage those interested in learning more about these two new leagues to visit their website and click here for the press release! Also, if want to get a better sense of what's new with NICA, listen to race announcer extraordinaire Dave Towle interview NICA's President here.


Fall Leagues are Racing!

Fall Leagues are racing

Photo credit: Vince M. Camiolo, PA League

NICA Fall leagues include Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Idaho, Nevada, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania. In total we have 10,189 Student-Athletes racing across all of these leagues. We encourage you to visit the league websites and follow them on social media to keep up to date with the latest news. For those that want to learn more, you can find all league contact info here.


More Congratulations to Student-Athletes that Competed at National Championships!

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NICA Student-Athletes and alumni at USAC National Championships. Photos (L-R, Top to Bottom): Clif Pro Team, Philip Beckman/USACycling, Cindy Copley, Philip Beckman /USACycling Matt Gunnell, and Julie Roach

Last month we extended a HUGE congratulations to all the NICA student-athletes, alumni, coaches, parents and NICA volunteers who competed and supported each other this past July at the USAC National Championships in Snowshoe, West Virginia. We’ve received more names to share with you! Since our last publication we were informed of some additions to those who visited the podium, thank you to those who reached out to provide this additional information:

▪ Emily Harris - Women’s Cat 1 17-18 Downhill National Champion
▪ Fiona Dougherty - 5th Place U23 Women’s Cross Country
▪ Katy McDicken - 5th Place Women’s Junior 15-16 Cross Country
▪ Ryan Pinkerton - Men’s Junior 11-12 Downhill National Champion
▪ Sam Furness - 2nd Place Men’s Senior 19-24 XC, 4th Place Men’s Senior 19-24 Short Track
▪ Blake Wray - 4th Place Men’s Junior 13-14 Cross Country
▪ Matthew Kei - 9th Place Men’s Junior 13-14 Cross Country
Emily Harris - Women’s Cat 1 17-18 Downhill National Champion
Fiona Dougherty - 5th Place U23 Women’s Cross Country
Katy McDicken - 5th Place Women’s Junior 15-16 Cross Country
Ryan Pinkerton - Men’s Junior 11-12 Downhill National Champion
Sam Furness - 2nd Place Men’s Senior 19-24 XC, 4th Place Men’s Senior 19-24 Short Track
Blake Wray - 4th Place Men’s Junior 13-14 Cross Country
Matthew Kei - 9th Place Men’s Junior 13-14 Cross Country

October's Point of View: Adam Rose

Every few months we like to tell a story from within our NICA family that exemplifies the meaningful impact our programs have for all involved.

This month's story comes from Adam, a Student-Athlete on Georgia League's Old Capital Racing Team.

Read more here!


Sponsor Recognition: REI

Did you know that your local REI store offers classes and events? You probably did… but, now specific classes will count towards your NICA coach licensing requirements! Pretty cool, huh?

REI and NICA have teamed up to offer NICA coaches the opportunity to earn CEUs for REI’s mountain bike skills instruction and bike maintenance programming. Various regions will have different programming options available, so check out the link below for classes near you.

Bike skills instruction focuses on on-the-bike skills and takes place on local trails. These programs can last anywhere from 2 hours to a full day. Bike maintenance programming typically takes place at REI stores with qualified technicians serving as instructors.

To find your nearest REI Outdoor School programming, click here and look for programming with the “NICA CEU Eligible Programming” link.

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Blood Road screenings coming your way!

If you have not seen Rebecca Rusch's amazing documentary Blood Road, we encourage you to check out the schedule of upcoming screenings here and get your friends together to visit with Reba! The films follows the journey of Reba and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Reba’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.


Let's Get Social with NICA

Here are a few snapshots of what's happening with NICA Leagues and Teams across the country. Want to see your photo featured or have a helpful tip for the NICA community? Tag @nationalmtb and #morekidsonbikes and you might see your photo in the next NICA News!

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Photo: @emilybatty1

@emilybatty1 - "What an amazing weekend spent @trekbikes with the @nationalmtb league of Wisconsin. Loved every minute of it! #MoreKidsOnBikes with @strawberrycourtcake @jbtrek08"


Photo: @basisflagstaffmtb

@basisflagstaffmtb - "Racer spotlight: Meredith is a 6th grader at BASIS Flagstaff. She finished her first race ever this past weekend in Prescott in 10th place. Meredith is our youngest and smallest team member but also the toughest! Go Meredith!"


Photo: Greg O'Loughlin

@oloughness - "No better way to spend an afternoon than mountain biking with the crew and telling all the knock-knock jokes. So many laughs and great growth on the trail today!"


Photo: Spencer Ciammitti - "What a good day to race some bikes huh? Happy with a 4th place finish in Varsity today. Shaping to be a good year and an even better battle!"


Photo: @minnesotahighschoolmtb

@minnesotahighschoolmtb - " "Cheech" with his human pet rocking his League sponsor Morrie's swag."

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